North Carolina at Maryland
Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., WJLA-7, WMAR-2.
Radio: WTEM-980, WBAL-1090, WFMD-930.
North Carolina (1-5, 0-4 ACC)
As if things couldn't get any worse for the Tar Heels after losing starting QB Ronald Curry for the season with a torn Achillles', Curry's replacement, redshirt freshman Luke Huard, suffered a pinched nerve and a bruised rotator cuff last week in a 20-12 loss to Houston. But he probably will start. The only other players who have attempted passes this season are WR Jason Peace and S Antwon Black. They have one completion each. The Tar Heels' quarterback woes seem small next to their problems stopping the run. They gave up 100 yards rushing to two players last week, the first time that's happened since 1982. North Carolina also isn't moving the ball on the ground, gaining a meager 39 yards last week.
Key Stat: P Brian Schmitz set a school record with a 51.4-yard average on 10 punts last week.
Fast Fact: The Tar Heels are 8-5 in the 1990s with a freshman starting at quarterback.
Maryland (4-2, 1-2)
After last week's loss to Clemson, this game becomes extremely important to Maryland's bowl hopes. After rushing for a career-best 177 yards last week against the Tigers, RB Lamont Jordan must be excited about facing North Carolina's beleaguered run defense. The Terrapins haven't had many problems scoring; they've scored 30 or more points in each of their two losses. What they do have trouble with is speedy quarterbacks, as Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler and Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton have shown in Maryland's losses. Luckily for the Terrapins, North Carolina's QB situation is shaky at best. CB Lewis Sanders has five interceptions and is averaging 33.9 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown.
Key Stat: The Terrapins have scored 30 points or more in four of their first six games for the first time since 1951.
Fast Fact: Jordan is first Maryland player in 22 years with a rushing, receiving and passing touchdown in the same season.
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OTHER AREA GAMES
Akron at Navy
Time; Radio: Noon; WMAL-630, WNAV-1430, WJFK-1300.
Records: Zips 5-2; Midshipmen 2-4.
Data: Last week's bye came at a good time for Navy, which had lost three of its previous four games by a combined 12 points. Navy's defense has improved this season, but the offense isn't scoring. In addition, the Midshipmen have lost four consecutive home games. The Zips have won five of their past six games. The 55 points they scored last week against Bowling Green were their most in one game since 1969. QB Butchie Washington leads a quick-strike offense, as Akron had four scoring drives of six plays or less last week.
Howard at North Carolina A&T
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Records: Bison 2-4, 1-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference; Aggies 5-1, 3-0.
Data: After squandering a 20-point lead and giving up 546 yards (431 passing) last week in a loss to Towson, the Bison will get a different test from the Aggies, who have the MEAC's stingiest defense at 248.7 yards per game. Howard's offense, which is second in the MEAC at 437.7 yards per game, will need to take advantage of every scoring chance it gets. Howard DE Oby Arah (seven sacks) and DT Douglas Miller (15 tackles for loss) will look to intimidate Aggies QB Jason Battle, who will be making only his third career start.
North Carolina Central at Bowie State, 1
Hampden-Sydney at Catholic, 1
Montgomery-Rockville at Potomac State, 1:30
No. 1 Florida State at Clemson
Time, TV: 7 p.m., ESPN.
Records: Seminoles 7-0, 5-0 ACC; Tigers 3-3, 3-1.
Data: The pressure in Bowden Bowl I will be on Bobby Bowden, who is seeking his 300th career victory. The Seminoles can't afford a loss with Penn State, Nebraska and Virginia Tech close in the polls, especially since the Bowl Championship Series rankings come out Monday. WR Peter Warrick returns after being suspended for two games, and that can only help QB Chris Weinke, who passed for a career-high 354 yards last week against Wake Forest. Clemson and Coach Tommy Bowden have found a starting quarterback in Woodrow Dantzler, who threw for 252 yards and ran for 183 in a victory over Maryland last week. Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton showed Sept. 11 that the Seminoles could be hurt by an all-purpose QB, so a good game from Dantzler is key to Clemson's upset hopes.
No. 2 Penn State at No. 16 Purdue
Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., pay-per-view.
Records: Nittany Lions 7-0, 4-0 Big Ten; Boilermakers 5-2, 2-2.
Data: This game is part of a shake-out day in the Big Ten (Michigan State plays Wisconsin, and Ohio State plays Minnesota). To stop Purdue QB Drew Brees last season, Penn State used a novel approach: While the line rushed hard, the secondary hung back, let him complete passes, then stopped receivers before they could make big gains. Brees was 39 of 58 for 361 yards but didn't complete a pass for more than 19 yards and was sacked six times in Penn State's 31-13 win. Even if Purdue's offense puts on a show, the Nittany Lions' offense (459.3 yards and 36 points per game) should be able to keep up. Rashard Casey will start at quarterback since Kevin Thompson (separated shoulder) is questionable.
No. 3 Nebraska at No. 18 Texas
Time, TV, Radio: 3:30 p.m., pay-per-view, WXTR-820.
Records: Cornhuskers 6-0, 3-0 Big 12; Longhorns 5-2, 2-1.
Data: Texas ended Nebraska's 47-home winning streak last season and beat the Cornhuskers in the 1996 Big 12 title game, making Texas and Florida State the only teams to beat Nebraska twice this decade. So Nebraska should be ready for its first visit to Austin since 1960. After rushing for 580 yards in its first three games, Nebraska has rushed for 1,002 in its past three. Still, the Cornhuskers' offense is more varied than in the past; it's complementing the usual option game with more passes and power running.
No. 5 Tennessee at No. 10 Alabama
Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., WUSA-9, WJZ-13.
Records: Volunteers 4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference; Crimson Tide 5-1, 4-0.
Data: Tennessee needs a win to maintain hope of an SEC East Division title. If Alabama wins, its game against Mississippi State on Nov. 13 likely would decide the West. Alabama RB Shaun Alexander has accounted for 17 of Alabama's 25 touchdowns this season, something Heisman Trophy voters are noticing. Tennessee is third in the nation against the run at 64.4 yards per game, but last week against Mississippi, which was second in the nation against the run at the time, Alexander had 214 yards and three scores. The Vols haven't given up a rushing touchdown in their past seven regular season games.
No. 11 Michigan State at No. 17 Wisconsin
Time, TV: Noon, ESPN2.
Records: Spartans 6-1, 3-1 Big Ten; Badgers 5-2, 3-1.
Data: The Spartans moved to No. 5 in the nation after upsetting Michigan two weeks ago, then lost to Purdue, 52-28. Even with RB Ron Dayne, Wisconsin might have trouble with a Michigan State defense that is giving up 39.9 rushing yards per game. The Spartans held Dayne to 81 yards rushing last year in a 30-13 win. A Wisconsin win will almost certainly depend on Dayne and defense, since QB Brook Bollinger has just three touchdown passes.
Noon: Ohio State at Minnesota (ESPN).
Noon: Miami at Boston College (WUSA-9, WJZ-13).
Noon: North Carolina State at Duke (HTS, WUTB-24).
Noon: Temple at West Virginia (WMAR-2).
Noon: Illinois at Michigan (pay-per-view).
Noon: Pittsburgh at Rutgers (pay-per-view).
12:30 p.m.: Kentucky at Rutgers (pay-per-view).
3 p.m.: San Diego State at Utah (pay-per-view).
3:30 p.m.: Stanford at USC (pay-per-view).
6 p.m.: LSU at Mississippi State (ESPN2).
9 p.m.: Colorado State at Wyoming (ESPN2).
10:30 p.m.: Brigham Young at UNLV (pay-per-view)
1 p.m.: Hampden-Sydney at Catholic (WCUA-97.5).
1 p.m.: William & Mary at VMI (WABS-780).
3 p.m.: Connecticut at James Madison, (WDCT-1310).
Cornell at Dartmouth, noon
Massachusetts at Delaware, noon
Maine at Rhode Island, noon
New Mexico St. at Army, 1
Stony Brook at C.W. Post, 1
Sacred Heart at
Cent. Connecticut St., 1
St. John's, N.Y., at Fairfield, 1
Princeton at Harvard, 1
Duquesne at Iona, 1
Holy Cross at Lehigh, 1
Wagner at Marist, 1
Robert Morris at Monmouth, N.J., 1
Canisius at Siena, 1
Albany, N.Y., at St. Francis, Pa., 1
Fordham at Towson, 1
Northeastern at Villanova, 1
Yale at Columbia, 1:30
Bucknell at Lafayette, 1:30
Brown at Penn, 1:30
Morgan St. at Delaware St., 1
The Citadel at Georgia Southern, 1
Virginia-Wise at Jacksonville, 1
Davidson at Randolph-Macon, 1
William & Mary at VMI, 1
Liberty at Charleston Southern, 1:30
Florida A&M at Hampton, 1:30
Norfolk St. at Virginia Union, 1:30
Appalachian St. at Wofford, 1:30
Tenn.-Martin at E. Kentucky, 2
Hofstra at Elon, 2
East Tennessee State at Furman, 2
Houston at Louisville, 2
Kentucky Wesleyan at Austin Peay, 3
Ark.-Pine Bluff at Grambling St., 3
at Miss. Valley State, 3
UAB at Wake Forest, 3:30
Tulane at East Carolina, 4
Sam Houston St. at Troy St., 4
SW Texas at Jacksonville St., 5
Tennessee St. at Western Kentucky, 5
Louisiana Tech at Cent. Florida, 6
Western Carolina at Chattanooga, 7
Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 7
New Hampshire at South Florida, 7
Jackson St. at Alabama A&M, 7:30
Alcorn St. at Southern U., 7:30
Northwestern St. at McNeese St., 8
St. Joseph's, Ind., at Dayton, 1
Kent at N. Illinois, 1
E. Michigan at Toledo, 1
Ball St. at W. Michigan, 1
Drake at Butler, 2
Indiana at Iowa, 2
Colorado at Iowa St., 2
Missouri at Kansas, 2
Bowling Green at Ohio, 2
SW Missouri St. at SE Missouri, 2
San Diego at Valparaiso, 2
Tennessee Tech at E. Illinois, 2:30
Illinois St. at S. Illinois, 2:30
W. Illinois at Indiana St., 3
Youngstown St. at N. Iowa, 4
Panhandle St. at Prairie View, 3
TCU at Rice, 3
Nicholls St. at Stephen F. Austin, 3
Hawaii at Tulsa, 3
Arkansas St. at North Texas, 3:30
Texas Tech at Baylor, 7
CS Northridge at Montana St., 3
Idaho St. at S. Utah, 3
San Diego St. at Utah, 3
Portland St. at Weber St., 3
Washington at California, 3:30
E. Washington at Montana, 4
UCLA at Oregon St., 4
at Sacramento St., 4
Colgate at St. Mary's, Calif., 4
Cal Poly-SLO at UC Davis, 4:30
UTEP at Fresno St., 5
Nevada at Boise St., 6
Washington State at Arizona St., 7
Utah St. at Idaho, 9
SMU at San Jose St., 9
Oregon at Arizona, 10:15
Where the Top 25 Play
TeamRecordOpponentTimeComment 1 Florida State7-0at Clemson7Fourth nationally in scoring offense, 15th in scoring defense. 2 Penn State7-0at Purdue3:30Has outscored opposition 69-6 in the first quarter. 3 Nebraska6-0at Texas3:30Win would guarantee 38th consecutive winning season. 4 Virginia Tech6-0idle -- Visits Pittsburgh next week. 5 Tennessee4-1at Alabama3:30WR Cedrick Wilson has at least six catches in all five games. 6 Florida6-1idle -- Plays Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla., next week. 7 Kansas State6-0at Oklahoma State2Held Utah State to minus-seven yards rushing last week. 8 Georgia Tech5-1idle -- Hosts North Carolina State next week. 9 Michigan5-1vs. IllinoisnoonLooking to improve Big Ten's second-worst rushing offense.10 Alabama5-1vs. Tennessee3:30OT Chris Samuels has yet to allow QB sack or pressure.11 Michigan State6-1at Wisconsin3:30WR Plaxico Burress held to three receptions last week.12 Mississippi State6-0vs Louisiana State6Looking for first 4-0 start in Southeastern Conference play.13 Texas A&M5-1at Oklahoma7CB Jason Webster leads team in tackles and interceptions.14 Georgia5-1vs. Kentucky12:30Charles Grant has played offense, defense, special teams.15 Marshall6-0at BuffalonoonQB Chad Pennington to face nation's 111th-ranked defense.16 Purdue5-2vs. Penn State3:30WR Chris Daniels caught 21 passes for 301 yards last week.17 Wisconsin5-2vs. Michigan State3:30Has given up 26 second-half points this season.18 Texas5-2vs. Nebraska3:30Averaging 36.8 points and 466 yards under Mack Brown.19 Brigham Young5-1at UNLV7306 straight games without being shut out, an NCAA record.20 East Carolina5-1vs. Tulane4Coming off bye week, which followed loss to So. Mississippi.21 Southern Miss.4-2vs. Cincinnati3RB Derrick Nix had career-best 171 yards rushing last week.22 Ohio State4-3at MinnesotanoonLooking to avoid first 1-3 Big Ten start since 1988.23 Miami2-3at Boston CollegenoonHasn't won since Sept. 4; first Big East game of season.24 Minnesota5-1vs. Ohio StatenoonHasn't beaten Buckeyes since 1981; hasn't been 6-1 since '67.25 Mississippi5-2idle -- Visits Louisiana State next week.